"You fools, saying 'all lives matter,' but it's black lives you refuse include." That's the energy Vic Mensa channeled for a new intimate performance of We Could Be Free for Rolling Stone.
The performance kept things minimal with just piano and guitar allowing Mensa to put the message of the song at the forefront. Watch the tender performance below.
We Could Be Free has become increasingly important to Mensa and increasingly relevant to the time we find ourselves in. Six months ago, he delivered an acoustic performance of the song which was introed by his label boss, Jay Z.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, he spoke on the importance of making music that matters. "I'm not one of the people who started rapping because of the music videos and chains and bitches and flashy shit and the pursuit of dollar bills," he said. "That's a lot of people's reality, but for me, I started making this rap music because it was a way for me to analyze this tumultuous world that I grew up in. And for me to cope with things in my own life and pain and struggle."